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constraint

(Imprisonment), noun act of keeping in, apprehension, arrest, bondage, bonds, bounds, captivity, care, charge, commitment, confinement, containment, control, custody, detainment, detention, encincture, enthrallment, fetter, immuration, immurement, incarceration, internment, keeping, legal restraint, preventive custody, preventive detention, prison, prohibition, protective custody, quarantine, remand, restriction

constraint

(Restriction), noun act of forestalling, act of hampering, act of quelling, act of stifling, act of strannling, act of thwarting, astriction, bar, circumscription, compulsion, constriction, curb, deprivation, determent, disallowance, disapprobation, duress, encumbrance, enthrallment, fetter, forbiddance, force, impediment, inhibition, interdict, interdiction, muzzle, obstruction, obstructionism, preclusion, pressure, prevention, prohibition, proscription, rein, restraint, restrictive practice, strangulation, suppression, temperance, trammel
Associated concepts: estoppel
See also: bar, bondage, captivity, coercion, commitment, composure, compulsion, control, custody, detention, deterrence, deterrent, discipline, disincentive, duress, embarrassment, enforcement, fetter, force, incarceration, limitation, moderation, obstacle, obstruction, pressure, prohibition, quota, requirement, restraint, restriction, retention

CONSTRAINT. In the civil and Scottish law, by this term is understood what, in the common law, is known by the name of duress.
     2. It is a general rule, that when one is compelled into a contract, there is no effectual consent, though, ostensibly, there is the form of it. In such case the contract will be declared void.
     3. The constraint requisite thus to annul a contract, must be a vis aut me us qui cadet in constantem virum, such as would shake a man of firmness and resolution. 3 Ersk. 1, Sec. 16; and 4, 1, Sec. 26; 1 Bell's Conn. B. 3, part 1, o. 1, s. 1, art. 1, page 295.

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So when they were alone the king's daughter said to her eleven girls: 'Show some constraint, and do not look round at the spinning-wheels.
She knew how to hit to a hair's-breadth that moment of evening when the light and the darkness are so evenly balanced that the constraint of day and the suspense of night neutralize each other, leaving absolute mental liberty.
After a moment Mattie seemed to be affected by the same sense of constraint.
His whole air was expressive of constraint and weariness, which our lieutenants of the garrison would to-day translate admirably as, "What a beastly bore
Carey could not see anything amusing in what she heard, and she smiled with constraint.
Boris did not appear to notice the constraint the newcomer produced and, with the same pleasant composure and the same veiled look in his eyes with which he had met Rostov, tried to enliven the conversation.
She promised this, and they went on to talk calmly of things that had no reference to their feelings--a talk which, in its constraint, was infinitely sad to both of them.
The constraint of being among strangers in a long silk dress made it unusually exciting to stride thus alone.
He stood for a moment in awkward constraint, his pipe in his hand.
The attempt which he had made to withdraw, the constraint in his manner when he had answered, had instantly confirmed her in the false conviction that he, and he alone, had guessed the truth
She was right, for Leslie's air of constraint suddenly vanished.
Through him I was at once delivered from all formality, and terror, and constraint.

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